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Culinary arts are perfect for anyone who wants a constantly changing and eternally challenging career. It is also perfect for someone who works well on his or her feet and thrives on stress. Every day will present a new challenge and a new chance for you to be creative and use all of your talents. The field offers so many different positions that almost anyone can find an area that fits their personal talents.

There are many different types of positions available for those interested in cooking as a career. Line or prep cooks, sous chefs, head chefs, caterers, pastry chefs and executive chefs are just a few of the options. Positions can be found in restaurants, hotels, on board ships, at resorts and in private households. With so many different areas of cooking and types of restaurants, it's easy to find one that fits your creative talents. While entry-level prep positions are available without any formal training, advancement often depends on attending a culinary academy or going through an apprenticeship.

In a culinary arts school, you will learn every facet of the kitchen, allowing you to work in restaurants of varying size � large restaurants where you will have to know one job very specifically, and smaller restaurants where you will become a "jack of all trades" in the kitchen. You are also given extensive training in management and hospitality so you can better understand the way the entire restaurant works. Earning a culinary arts degree doesn't limit you to simply working in a restaurant. People with this degree often run hospital or school cafeterias, as well as banquets for hotels. a culinary arts degree can also allow you to do catering.

See also Restaurant Management

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